06 Apr 2006
Accept No Imitation
One of the downsides of blogs and feeds has been the rise of ‘splogs’, spam weblogs designed to act as search engine bait and/or push up the search rankings of other pages, usually using someone else’s content (feeds make this really easy by providing everything neatly in a standard format).
I’ve spotted my words and images all over the place, and a few sites have copied this entire weblog and passed it off as their own. Annoying, but there’s little you can do about it beyond firing off peeved emails and trying to convince yourself it’s flattering.
If you’re reading this via a web site (rather than a general web-based utility such as Bloglines), and the domain name in the address bar isn’t www.malevolent.com, then it’s an unauthorised copy on a splog. Give the site owner a slap and get yourself over to the real thing.